24 May 2018. First meeting of the Task Force Rural Africa – strengthening our partnership in food and farming. (see agenda)
The Group's role will be
The Group's role will be
- To provide expertise, advice and possible recommendations in relation to enhancing the role of the EU agrifood and agroindustrial sector in the job-creating economic, sustainable development of the African continent.
- To identify means to accelerate economic impact through fostering responsible EU private investment in support of African agriculture, agri-business and agroindustries in a sustainable way, taking into account existing cooperation frameworks (in particular the EIP, the SB4A, the Abidjan Action Plan, and other types of development assistance, trade and investment agreements and instruments, cooperation in multilateral fora).
- MICHEL Baudouin Belgium BAUDOUIN MICHEL is an agro- economist. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, Economics and Rural Sociology from the Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux (Belgium). His professional work experience includes 24 years as Lecturer in Gembloux Agro Biotech (Belgium), 32 years in development cooperation working with the main donors in Africa and South Asia, as well as 6 years as one year as coordinator of the ECOFIN helpdesk for the European Commission (DG DEVCO).
- WIECK Christine Germany
Christine WIECK is an advisor GIZ an advisor to the German Development Cooperation and teaches at the University of Bonn, Institute for Food and Resource Economics
- ENGEL Albert Germany
Albert Engel is Director of the Africa Department and former deputy Director General of the Sectoral Department of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
- LOSCH Bruno France
Dr Bruno Losch, lead political economist at Cirad, UMR Art-Dev and co-director of the Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), based at the University of Western Cape, South Africa. Over the last three years, Bruno Losch has been working with NEPAD (Rural Futures Program), OECD, UNDP, AfDB (Africa Economic
- ARNOLD Tom Ireland Mr Tom Arnold has been appointed the chairman of the Task Force.Tom Arnold is former Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA). From August 2014 to February 2016 he was Interim Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; he was also Chairman of the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-14) and Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide (2001-13). He has served on a number of governmental and non-governmental bodies at national, European and international level including the UN Millennium Project's Hunger Task Force, the Irish Hunger Task Force, the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the Irish Government's Commission on Taxation, the Consortium Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, the International Advisory Board of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the NGO European Food Security Group, the Montpellier Panel and the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice.
- RAMPA Francesco Italy Francesco Rampa, an Italian national, is Head of Programme at ECDPM. He heads the Sustainable Food Systems team of ECDPM’s Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme. With a background in economics and international trade (graduated at Bocconi University and Master in Economics for Development at Oxford), his expertise and publications are in the fields of trade policies and development, political economy, innovation, food security and sustainable food systems.
- BLOKLAND Kees Netherlands.
Kees Blokland has been vice-president of the Development
- OWONA KONO Joseph Cameroon Joseph OWONA KONO est président de l'Afruibana, secrétaire exécutif de l'Assobacam, député à l'Assemblée nationale du Cameroun.
- ZVARIMWA Mashiri Zimbabwe
After a career of more than a decade in Agri-business, Project Management, and International Development work in Southern Africa the focus of ZVARIMWA Mashiri is now on digital innovation in agriculture and how Ag-Tech start-ups and established organizations can collaborate to accelerate digital innovations and the Internet of Things (IoT), to transform the global agriculture value chain. He has successfully pioneered a cassava piloting project in South Africa that produced a bankable business case and is now commercialised by the Eastern Cap
- BIKPO Céline Ivory Coast
- SPERANZA Chinwe Ifejika Nigeria
Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza is a Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Bonn and at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn, Germany. Her teaching at Bonn is mainly on environmental risks and vulnerability. Her research focuses on natural resources-based livelihoods, their interactions with social and ecological systems and the implications for building resilience and sustainability. The general thematic areas of her research are climate risks, resilience, vulnerability, actor perspectives, food security and agriculture. Her geographic areas of focus are sub-Sahara Africa, Switzerland and Germany. Prof. Ifejika Speranza is a Geographer with backgrounds in Climatology (BSc, Univ. of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria),